The first time I heard about Aruba was on Friends, when Rachel explained she was supposed to be on her honeymoon but instead was sitting in Monica’s kitchen, still wearing her wedding dress. I had no idea it was in the Caribbean, neither did I know it was a popular destination for honeymooners. So when I won a two-week trip there, I did my research and proudly dubbed our holiday The Fauxneymoon. If you’re thinking about an Aruba honeymoon, take a look at my recommendations of where to stay, what to eat, and what to do.
Aruba honeymoon hotels
There’s no other hotel like the Bucuti. It’s seriously one of a kind. If someone told me I could go there again, I’d be booking a flight to Aruba before they finished their sentence. The Bucuti is luxury defined. One of those places you never want to leave! An adults-only resort, you’re treated like royalty from the moment you arrive. The staff are so welcoming, it feels like you’re leaving behind best friends. And nothing is too much trouble. In typically British fashion, I felt guilty using the at-lounger service! We celebrated our 5 year anniversary there, so they left a bag of goodies in our room on the day and hung a little sign on the door congratulating us. You really can’t beat service like that.
If the Bucuti isn’t for you (I don’t know why not though, it’s UH-MAZING) then there are plenty of other options in the high-rise area of town. The Marriott, Radisson and Riu Palace are right against the beach, and the Divi Aruba Phoenix has a very pretty pool.
Aruba honeymoon restaurants
Where better to enjoy guilt-free eating in bed than on your Aruba honeymoon? For a super romantic meal, The Screaming Eagle lets you dine in your own private 4-poster bed! Just kick off your shoes and let the waiters serve you while you sink into the mattress. We enjoyed a beautiful meal in a king sized bed, and even enjoyed a surprise anniversary dessert from the lovely waiters. Make sure you tell them you’re on your honeymoon – they’ll do their best to make it a really special experience.
If you’re staying at Bucuti, make sure to book yourself a dinner in one of their private huts overlooking the beach. It’s such a romantic way to enjoy your time on the island, and Bucuti makes Eagle Beach look absolutely stunning in the evening.
Another great place to enjoy a romantic meal together is Passions on the Beach. In the evening they lay the tables directly on the beach – the perfect setting!
Aruba honeymoon activities
For such a small island, there are so many things to do on your Aruba honeymoon. While we were there, we lived by a ‘live for now’ motto and tried everything.
Underwater Sea Trek – this has to be tried once. Walk 20ft under the surface of the Caribbean Sea wearing a special diving helmet and touch the cutest Caribbean fish you’ll ever see! It’s something I never thought I’d be brave enough to do, but once I’d got my helmet on and started climbing down the ladder all my worries vanished. Read more about my Sea Trek adventure.
De Palm Jeep tour – We booked both the Natural Pool and Baby Beach tours because we’d heard they were both excellent snorkel spots. And those recommendations weren’t wrong! The guys at De Palm are hilarious, always having a joke with their passengers and making sure they have a great time. Sign up for a tour and you’ll be driven around the island in an off-road Jeep and end up at one of the spots for a bit of snorkelling. The Natural Pool is spectacular, and Baby Beach is the perfect place to relax and practice your snorkel skills in a shallower area. You get to see the Natural Bridge too as an added bonus!
Jolly Pirates Cruise – Another hilarious team takes you for a trip to all the best snorkel spots on their real pirate ship. Jolly Pirates is a whole heap of fun I’d recommend to anyone. For for their Sail, Snorkel and Swim trip, you sail to three snorkel spots and have a go at the rope swing before a bit of lunch. Read more about my trip with Jolly Pirates.
Among all these amazing trips, Aruba also has cute things you can do as a couple. How about a romantic stroll on the gorgeous Eagle Beach? A catamaran trip with a private dinner table for two? Or horse riding to Aruba’s historical gold mine ranch? And, for something a little weird and wonderful – visit the Ostrich Farm and see some baby ostriches!
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